Jorge F. Hernández
Jorge F. Hernández, editor of “Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories,” will meet with San Leandro readers participating in the Big Read program at 7 p.m., Friday, March 23 at the San Leandro Main Library.
Free tickets are available – first come, first served – at the information desk of the Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave. in San Leandro. Dinner is included.
Hernández will discuss why these particular short stories were chosen and how they portray the soul of Mexico. The authors of the individual stories come from different regions, climates and cultural zones in Mexico and all were born during the first half of the 20th Century.
Mexican cultural history was shaped by world events as it served as a safe haven for those escaping fascism and war, especially Spanish Civil War refugee. The country’s universities, art galleries and publishing houses were influenced and enriched by the influx of poets, novelists, teachers, and other refugees from Spain and Europe.
The Big Read provides people the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community. It is designed to revitalize the role of literature in the nation’s popular culture and to bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of residents.
The San Leandro Big Read program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.